Netflix Testing a Privacy Mode, So We Can Finally Watch These 12 Shows & Movies in Peace
If you share your Netflix account with someone else, listen up: Watching your guilty pleasures is about to get so much more discreet. Netflix is supposedly testing a "privacy mode" that will keep your "recently watched" list full of only what you approve to be in there. According to Gigaom, the mode also prevents Netflix from recommending you other shows based on what you want to watch in private. So if you just want to view Cake Boss in peace without it suggesting an arsenal of TLC shows, this is the mode for you.
Unfortunately, since the program is still in test mode, don't get your hopes up just yet. It might not be available any time soon, or even come out at all. "We may not ever offer it generally,” said Cliff Edwards, the director of corporate communications and technology.
But since Netflix has been pretty good to us over the years, bringing us House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Let's assume the testing will go well and in the future we'll be able to binge watch reality TV without any of our family members/friends/spouses knowing about it. Because aren't the best relationships founded on secrecy?
Assuming we do ever get the privacy mode, here are some shows and movies you could finally watch without judgement.
PIZZA MY HEART
The ABC Family original movie is Romeo and Juliet except with pizza. Basically two feuding restaurant families fight over who has the best pizza while their children fall in love.
HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS
Want to see Mario Lopez kidnapped and placed in fuzzy handcuffs by Melissa Joan Hart? This ABC Family Christmas movie is for you, and soon you could possibly watch it guilt free!
MASTER OF DISGUISE
This film always tops "worst movies ever" listicles, but it's also pretty entertaining. Who doesn't love Dana Carvey? Especially when he's dressed as a turtle.
Want to watch a raunchy, bathroom-humor laden film about horny teenagers? I mean, if there weren't a market for it, American Pie wouldn't have made all those sequels. But since those aren't on Netflix, check out Sex Drive instead. It's about an eighteen-year-old who "sets out on a cross country road trip with his best friends to lose his virginity to a red-hot babe he met on the Internet." According to the movie poster it's Superbad on wheels. Cinema gold.
A show whose biggest drama is whether or not the new staff can do the signature frosting swirl is surprisingly soothing. So watch away—I won't judge and soon hopefully Netflix won't either.
SAY YES TO THE DRESS
Is this a show about women picking out their wedding dresses? Why yes, it is. Is there a problem with that? Not if Netflix doesn't tell my family I'm watching it, there's not.
TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
Sometimes you just need to cry over an inspiring nature film, we totally get it.
TODDLERS AND TIARAS
With the privacy mode you could watch without your family knowing you're supporting the controversial show. Although you should still probably feel guilty about this one, privacy mode or not.
MAGIC SCHOOL BUS
Relive your childhood in peace.
With Sharknado 2 premiering August 21, you're probably going to want to catch up on the first one. Enough said.
MEAN GIRLS 2
Maybe you just really want to know how horribly this sequel turned out.
IS IT REAL? BIGFOOT
You might not want your Netflix companions to mistake your Bigfoot curiosity for an actual belief in Bigfoot. So watch this television "documentary" in peace. They also have one on crop circles, if you're interested. Not that I've watched them or anything...
But hey, until we can get this privacy mode for Netflix, watch what you want anyway and heed Tom Hiddleston's advice: